SADLER LOOKS FOR SEASON FIRST WIN IN COCA-COLA 600 CHARLOTTE, NC (May 24, 2005) -- With a dominating second place performance in the NEXTEL All-Star Challenge, Elliott Sadler is understandably eager about running his Pedigree Ford Taurus in...
SADLER LOOKS FOR SEASON FIRST WIN IN COCA-COLA 600
CHARLOTTE, NC (May 24, 2005) -- With a dominating second place performance in the NEXTEL All-Star Challenge, Elliott Sadler is understandably eager about running his Pedigree Ford Taurus in this weekend's Coca-Cola 600. In the past two seasons, Sadler has had some impressive stats at Lowe's Motor Speedway including qualifying inside the top-10 in his past four races and posting top-seven finishes in his past two starts.
Saturday night was nearly his biggest stat at the 1.5 mile North Carolina track as he was within a half second of becoming an All-Star winner. The near victory has only increased the #38 Team's determination as they fight to claim their first win of the 2005 season.
Quoting M&M'S® Driver Elliott Sadler:
"I was pretty disappointed after the race on Saturday night. To come that close to a win and fall short is disappointing anytime but this is a big race for the drivers and the teams. It's takes a lot each season to post a win assuring your spot in the All-Star field. When you loose, it's not only a $1 million payday you miss out on but more importantly the bragging rights as well as a promise you are in the race for the rest of your career."
"My guys worked so hard all weekend so it was tough not to win on Saturday but if anything it makes us hungrier to come back here this weekend and try and get to Victory Lane on Sunday night. This is a long race, it's not just driver against driver like it is in the All-Star race. Pit strategy, problems on the track, all those things will be a factor on Sunday. You've got to build adjustability into the cars so this maybe the same track we ran the All-Star race but a completely different race on Sunday."
"I think as far as the track is concerned and the whole "levigating" thing, I think the jury is still out. The track is definitely fast. I think with the Busch race next weekend and all the cars that will be on track, we'll have some rubber build up and hopefully keep the track from getting tighter as it tends to do when day races go into night."
NOTES OF INTEREST--
* Stick and Ball Sports-- Elliott Sadler will show his athleticism off the track by trading in his helmet for a golf club and tennis racquet in the week leading into the Coca-Cola 600. Sadler is one five drivers participating in The Golf Channel's The Big Break, a hit reality series for the network. The episode is scheduled to air on Tuesday, July 5 at 9 p.m. ET. Sadler will also show his skills on the court against tennis celebrity Anna Kournikova. Sadler will be joined by good friend Jamie McMurray in the match scheduled for Saturday, May 28 at Noon ET. The event is part of Race Fest 2005 presented by the Preserve at Greyson, located across from the Speedway at the corner of Morehead Street and Hwy. 29. Tickets for the match are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis for free at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Greyson tent.
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